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January 2020

Japanese Medicine Certification

January 1 @ 12:00 am - December 31 @ 11:59 pm

Registration is ongoing. Participants must register for each individual class/module separately. Certificate is awarded upon completion of 84 CE units in select courses.

AIMC Berkeley is proud to announce the creation of a Certificate in Japanese Medicine. This certificate will be awarded to any licensed acupuncturist or acupuncture student who completes a minimum of 84 Continuing Education units from the Japanese Acupuncture workshops offered at AIMC Berkeley.

Japanese acupuncture is renowned for its ability to create positive clinical outcomes with minimal stimulation. Many acupuncturists who practice Meridian Therapy use little to no needle insertion. The AIMC Japanese Medicine Certification program offers an opportunity to study with masters from Japan who will teach several techniques using intricate, classic methods of Meridian Therapy. They will also demonstrate evidence-based scientific approaches such as trigger point treatment, which is based on autonomic nervous system theory. A gentle approach to moxibustion, also an important feature of traditional medicine in Japan, will be covered in this series as well.

Requirements: Completion of a minimum of 84 CE units from the Japanese Acupuncture certification workshops that are offered by AIMC Berkeley. There are a series of continuing education courses that can be applied to the certificate’s 84-unit requirement. Courses are typically offered each year and can be completed in any order.

Japanese Moxa/Gynecology – 14 CE units
Technique: Japanese style gentle direct moxa
Instructor: Junji Mizutani, L.Ac. (Canada)

Contact Needling & Psychology – 14 CE units
Technique: Funamizu style contact needle
Instructor: Takahiro Funamizu

Contact Needle & Hammer Technique – 14 CE units
Technique: Contact needling and Japanese traditional “Hammer needling” with Meridian therapy
Instructor: Keiko Ogawa, M.D. (pediatric surgeon)

Shakuju Therapy Advanced Course – 14 CE units
Technique: Shakuju Therapy
Instructor: Daiki Takahashi
Assistant Instructors: Tisha Mallon, L.Ac. & Saori Tasaka L.Ac. Japan

Advanced Trigger Point Acupuncture – 14 CE units
Technique: Pain treatment with a modern/scientific style of Japanese trigger point acupuncture
Instructor: Kazunori Itoh, Ph.D.
Assistant Instructor: Haro Ogawa, Team Acupuncturist & Massage Therapist
for the San Francisco Giants

Yamamoto New Scalp Acupuncture – 21 CE units
Technique: YNSA
Instructor: Yoshifumi Tomita, MD Japan

Japan 10 Seminar –Japanese Acupuncture and Moxibustion Seminar in Tokyo/Shikoku – 35/42 CE units*

Priced per class. See each individual course listing for description and pricing. You must register for each class separately.

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September 2020


September 9 @ 6:30 pm - October 28 @ 8:30 pm

Join us Wednesday evenings starting Septemeber 9th for this comprehensive 8-week course which examines the history and philosophy of Chinese medicine, the how and why of acupuncture and Chinese herbs, and the contemporary practical applications of this increasingly popular form of healthcare.

Course Overview

Instructors: Nishanga Bliss, DSc, LAc; Rebecca Riggs, L.Ac., MSOM

Discover the fundamentals of Yin and Yang relationships, Five Element Theory (Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, Water), and the relationships between our mind, body, spirit and how we can apply them to everyday health and wellness.

Week 1: Philosophy and Theory
Week 2: The Five Branches of Chinese Medicine
Week 3: Diagnosis: Tongue, Pulse, and Everything Else
Week 4: Supporting Your Spleen
Week 5: Listening to Your Lungs
Week 6: Nourishing Your Kidneys
Week 7: Loving Your Liver
Week 8: Healing Your Heart

Class Dates:

Wednesday evenings 6:30-8:30 pm

September 9, 16, 23, 30
October 7, 14, 21, 28

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October 2020

Medical Qigong Certification Program Overview

October 3, 2020 @ 9:00 am - July 11, 2021 @ 4:00 pm
2550 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704, 2550 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley, CA United States
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California Acupuncture Board Approved CEU Certificate

Each Module is a weekend course, with class from 9am – 4pm each day
Module 1 (Online): October 3-4, 2020. Register now
Module 2 (Online): November 14-15, 2020 Register now
Module 3 (Online): January 9-10, 2021 Registration not open yet
Module 4 (w/Hybrid Option): March 13-14, 2021 Registration not open yet
Module 5 (w/Hybrid Option): May 15-16, 2021 Registration not open yet
Module 6 (w/Hybrid Option): July 10-11, 2021 Registration not open yet

A note about Online learning and the Hybrid option: The first three modules of this series will be offered exclusively online on the Zoom platform. The course includes qigong practice, medical qigong lecture as well as experiential medical qigong practices, discussion and reflection exercises. Come March 2021 and Module 4, we anticipate being able to offer a hybrid option where students can either attend class live online or in-person at the AIMC campus in Berkeley, CA, assuming this is a safe and viable option at that time. Both options will provide students the skills and experience they need to become proficient and effective medical qigong practitioners.

Certificate Program Overview

Medical Qigong Therapy, a hands-on-healing and qi emission therapeutic practice, has been used for centuries to balance and restore healthy energy flow in the body, mind, and spirit. Based on ancient Daoist and Chinese medical theory, medical qigong is a powerful and effective healing system that has powerful and effective application in any clinical practice. This six-weekend series will provide students and practitioners from across healing disciplines the opportunity for deep self-inquiry and qi cultivation, in-depth understanding of Chinese medicine theory and experiential mastery of medical qigong therapeutic diagnostic and treatment techniques.

This 6-module series will provide students and practitioners from across healing disciplines the opportunity for deep self-inquiry and Qi cultivation, in-depth understanding of Chinese medicine theory and experiential mastery of Medical Qigong therapeutic diagnostic and treatment techniques. Training is based on the Yijing Medical Qigong, as brought forth by Suzanne B. Friedman, L.Ac., DMQ (China) in her book, Yijing Medical Qigong System: A Doaist Medical I-Ching Approach to Healing

Three main program goals are:

  • Self-Cultivation: Students will learn and practice several Qigong forms, Qi sensing boundary-setting exercises, and Daoist meditations to cultivate their own Qi and mind-body-spirit health.
  • Chinese Medicine Theory and Medicinal Daoism: Students will take an in-depth look at key psycho-emotional and cosmological dimensions of medical Qigong practice and theory.
  • Medical Qigong Training: Students will build Qi sensitivity and Qi emission practices with use of Qi balls, sound, color, hand postures and movements, channel reading, and medical Qigong balancing protocols. They will learn to diagnose, treat, and maintain ongoing support to patients in varied clinical settings.

Complete Certificate Hours: 6 weekends of total of 78 hours of class time with 12 hours of personal practice/independent study and an additional 60 hours of required clinical practice hours to earn a 150-hour certificate in Medical Qigong Therapy. Each weekend will include group Qigong practice, meditation instruction, lectures, individual and partner work, written assignments and discussions.

About the Instructor:

Suzannah Stason, LAc/CMQ/CQT is a licensed acupuncturist, medical qigong therapist and teacher, and meditation practitioner. Suzannah has a degree in mind-body health from Stanford University and trained with qigong master and Zen priest Suzanne Friedman, L.Ac/DMQ (China) for over 6 years. Suzannah has extensive teaching experience at the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Kaiser Permanente, Atria Senior Living, Breath of the Dao Chinese Medicine Clinic, the San Francisco Buddhist Center and at several private and public events and conferences. She is currently adjunct faculty and director of the Medical Qigong Program at the Acupuncture and Integrated Medical College in Berkeley, California. Suzannah also runs an acupuncture and medical qigong practice in San Francisco where she also teaches regular public qigong drop-in classes, series, and discussion groups. More information on Suzannah and class offerings available at www.mindfulmovementqigong.com.

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October 31 @ 5:00 pm - November 7 @ 8:00 pm


5-day (35-hour CEU) program with orientation and 1-day optional session (CAB/NCCAOM pending)

CE credits from this seminar can be applied toward a Certificate in Japanese Medicine

Course Overview: Building on a decade of experience, the annual In-Touch Seminar in Japan promises great insights and refinement of skills in Japanese acupuncture and moxibustion for both past and new participants.


DAY 1 Gynecology 1 w/Yoshihiko Koido

DAY 2 Gynecology 2 w/Keiko Tsujiuchi & Yoshihiko Koido

DAY 3 Gynecology 3 w/Keiko Tsujiuchi

DAY 4 Free Day

DAY 5 Japanese style facial acupuncture with Yoko Oasa using world thinnest needles

DAY 6 Women’s Moxa Therapy 1 w/Matsue Koshiishi

DAY 7 Women’s Moxa Therapy 2 w/Matsue Koshiishi

$1550 Early Bird | $1800 Regular



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November 2020


November 14 @ 9:00 am - November 15 @ 4:00 pm
$225.00 – $425.00






Course approved by CAB for 13 CEU units.

Prerequisites: None. Open to all levels

In this course, you will deepen and hone the medical qigong skills learned in Module 1 and begin to learn and practice basic medical qigong protocols.  You will begin training in the Bagua Balancing treatment technique and explore Chinese medicine principles of the five elements, 12 regular meridians, and yin-yang theory.

You will delve into Daoist cosmology and deepen your self-cultivation practice with Daoist meditations, qigong practice and inner inquiry.

See above for more information on the Medical Qigong certificate program.

Early Bird Rates effective until October 13, 2020

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November 20 @ 9:00 am - November 22 @ 5:30 pm
2550 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704, 2550 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley, CA United States
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** Can be applied towards a Certificate in Japanese Medicine**

Course overview:
Yamamoto New Scalp Acupuncture (YNSA) is the treatment method designed by Toshikatsu Yamamoto, MD. This technique has efficacy in treating cerebral infarction (CI), intracerebral bleeding, paralysis by central nervous system disease, lower back pain, stiff shoulder, numbness, dizziness, ear ringing. Yamamoto New Scalp Acupuncture is a needling technique using a 0.25mm needle on the scalp based on unique clinical theory and with proven results. In this 3 day seminar, you will learn:

What troubles and symptoms YNSA is effective in treating
The difference between YNSA and other scalp acupuncture techniques
Protocols used to apply YNSA in actual clinical treatment
YNSA style diagnosis
YNSA’s acupuncture points (Basic, Intermediate, Advance)
Most recent case studies by Dr. Yamamoto
Application of YNSA techniques on geriatric hospital population
Hands-on training sessions of YNSA

About the Instructor:
Yoshifumi Tomita has 14 years of clinical experience and is the first acupuncturist certified in Yamamoto New Scalp Acupuncture Treatment. His style of treatment is integrative, and he has extensive experience treating cancer patients, autoallergic disease, autoimmune disease, Parkinson’s disease and other intractable diseases. Yoshifumi also specializes in Orthomolecular Nutrition&Medicine



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